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Group to replace Bush in marriage ads, ‘move to new and different voices’

Thursday, February 21, 2013

DALLAS — A pro-marriage equality group says it’s “sorry” former First Lady Laura Bush does not want to be included its national advertising campaign featuring prominent people speaking about same-sex marriage, and said its campaign will “now move to new and different voices.”

Laura Bush
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The Respect for Marriage Coalition said Thursday that it appreciates Bush’s previous comments, telling CNN in 2010 that “when couples are committed to each other and love each other then they ought to have the same sort of rights that everyone has.”

But after a spokeswoman for Bush said earlier today that the former First Lady objected to her inclusion in the campaign, the coalition has agreed to remove her from the campaign, which includes print, television and online ads.

“Mrs. Bush did not approve of her inclusion in this advertisement nor is she associated in any way with the group that made the ad,” Anne MacDonald, a spokeswoman for the former first lady, wrote in a statement Thursday.

The campaign video included a 5-second clip of Bush’s 2010 interview with Larry King, and also features clips of former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

After the coalition released its statement Thursday, MacDonald said Bush would have no further comment.

The coalition, which is planning to spend $1 million on the national campaign, said a new ad will begin running this weekend featuring former Marine Cpl. Craig Stowell, who says that after finding out that his brother was gay, he “wanted the same rights for him.”

“He was the best man at my wedding and I want to be the best man at his,” said Stowell, who notes he is a Republican.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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18 more reader comments:

  1. The stink of that hit and run drunk is off of us at last.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 2:20pm
  2. Yeah, don’t give hypocrites any more respect than they deserve.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 2:20pm
  3. Get rid of Cheney also, I don’t want that piece of crap on our side.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 2:24pm
  4. Lame Laura.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 2:29pm
  5. Well what do you expect from a pampered debutante who got away with murdering a black man because she was white & wealthy?

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 2:29pm
  6. Whoop whoop Bush.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 2:30pm
  7. :-(

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 2:35pm
  8. Dumb Broad!

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 2:41pm
  9. Guess her husband told her it made her look less a Republican and more a Democrat.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 2:42pm
  10. Just when I was starting to think she was a true ally :(

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 2:44pm
  11. Basically she’s saying she’s too good to be included.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 2:48pm
  12. She said it, but regrets that she did. She doesn’t want to be reminded of it, or have the American people remember it either. Which is worse than not saying anything at all.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 3:03pm
  13. Take your Bush and get out!

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 3:04pm
  14. Ho-hum, another flip-flipper with literally no balls

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 3:29pm
  15. I’m glad that she gave a respectful request and they respected her wishes. We don’t know why she didn’t want to be included. All that matters is that she chose not to be. Respect should work both ways and I’m glad that this worked out. There are other voices that can be heard.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 3:56pm
  16. The bitch has NO balls! Another prejudice bigot.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 4:03pm
  17. lost respect for her due to this. :(

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 6:01pm
  18. I knew this was too good to be true. I always thought she was just a big airhead Stepford wife who did her husband’s and republican party’s bidding anyway. I’m waiting for the big hyprocrite shoot-your-face-off Prick Cheney to recant as well.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 6:28pm